Soul Murder is not a diagnosis; it is a crime.

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Leonard Shengold (1989) defines soul murder as "neither a diagnosis nor a condition. It is a dramatic term for circumstances that eventuate in crime--the deliberate attempt to eradicate or compromise the separate identity of another person" (2). Children, Shengold tells us, are the usual victims of soul murder because their complete physical and emotional dependence on adults renders possible the tyranny of child abuse. Since adults constitute the total environment for children, sexual abusers are able to absorb, and thus destroy, the life of the child.


Family Courts and the Civil Rights Movement

Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering, reveals startling statistics about the difference that a father in the home makes in a child's life.

Are Family Law Judges Fit For Purpose?

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Originally posted on Researching Reform: One of Researching Reform’s interests is judicial bias – the extent to which judges allow their personal sentiments to dictate the way they handle their cases – so the recent furore over Justice Pauffley’s remarks about hitting children and cultural norms fascinated us. Judicial bias is a very real, and…

Study: children are safest when they live with their two married biological parents

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Originally posted on WINTERY KNIGHT: Marriage is the safest environment for children Story from Family Studies. It says: Young people are less likely to be victims of crime if they live in two-parent than in single-parent households. That has been a consistent finding of the National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of…

The Most Important (and Challenging) Job of All?

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Originally posted on Reason and Reflection: If you said President of these United States or CEO of the most iconic and “valuable” company in the world, Apple Computer, you would be very wrong. “Most powerful” or “most influential” might apply, but not “most important.” The most important job in the world, by far, is birthing,…

Florida Family Law – What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

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Originally posted on The McKinney law firm: A Guardian Ad Litem is an individual that the Florida family law court will appoint to represent the best interest of the minor children in a divorce case or a parenting plan or custody case. A guardian at litem can be a volunteer who works on a pro…

Warning Signs for Bribery of the Family Court Judge in a Custody Case

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Originally posted on Autism Custody Battles: All over the world, poor people are denied access to legal representation or family support because they cannot bribe the corrupt CPS worker or prosecutor, then held indefinitely in a custody battle—or found guilty—because they cannot bribe the corrupt judge. The ability to put cash in the right hands…


"Oh, dry the glistening tear that dues that marshal cheek Thy loving children here in them thy comfort seek ..."

"Oh, dry the glistening tear that dues that marshal cheek, Thy loving children here in them thy comfort seek, With sympathetic care their arms around the creep, For oh they can not bear to see their father weep”  ― W.S. GilbertThe Pirates of Penzance - Act II

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Jason Patric - #StandUpForGus championing for #SharedParenting and children's right to love both parents #equally Donate TODAY!
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"Government shall never be forgiven for supporting and rewarding one parent as they punish and torment the other."

Stand up for Gus, for Megan, and for every child forced to choose between one parent or the other.

Our children are the casualties of a flawed and adversarial family court system which perpetuates and prolongs custody conflicts for financial gain.

Whether you realize it or not, this affects you and has a negative impact on our society. 

Lets help reform our dysfunctional family the court system and save future children from this emotional abuse. Children need both parents.

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A Powerful Letter to Family Court Judges

When family court perpetuates abuse.

Kimberly Bowers wrote this open letter to Oakland County, MI Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca. The judge jailed three children for not having a "healthy relationship" with their estranged father. The mother is now under a gag order and has been banned from seeing her children. Details here.
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This letter seems to represent the experience that far too many parents have had with our Family Court system's response to allegations of abuse.
Kimberly originally published her letter here.
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An earlier post about this case is here. 

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"Systemic Induced Trauma." Will you be able to settle or will you end up in family court?

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Will you be able to settle or will you end up in divorce court? The only reason divorcing couples end up in divorce court is because one or the other refuses to negotiate, mediate or be flexible and come to an agreement with the other.

Ninety-five percent of all divorces are settled outside court. That is an encouraging statistic, but it needs to be known that the other 5% are the ones that keep the Family Court System working over time.
It is that 5% that tend to go back to court repeatedly. At times over frivolous issues that could be solved if one of the parties would make the choice to respond to the situation in a rational manner. It has been my experience when working with clients that the underlying issue with people who are continually going back to court is the need to get even with an ex-spouse.
There is either the spouse who refuses to follow through on an agreement in an attempt to get back at their ex-spouse or the spouse who withholds child visitation or child support in an attempt to get back at an ex-spouse. They use the Family Court System to keep from having to deal with each other and to keep from having to accept responsibility for the role they play in the ongoing conflict with their ex-spouse. It is toxic behavior that damages all involved including the one engaging in the behavior.
In other words, they keep a legal system backlogged because they have emotional issues that need to be dealt with. So, here is some advice from me, if your ex pushes your buttons emotionally and you want to get back at her/him by going to court, get thee to a therapist’s office, not an attorney’s office.
Karin Huffer, a marriage and family counselor in Las Vegas has identified a new disorder for a nation already reeling from chronic fatigue syndrome, Internet addiction disorder and other new-age afflictions.
It's called “legal abuse syndrome”, and it can strike crime victims, litigants, attorneys, and anyone who has dealt with the Family Court System. According to Dr. Huffer, “legal abuse syndrome (LAS) is a form of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is a psychic injury, not a mental illness. It is a personal injury that develops in individuals assaulted by ethical violations, legal abuses, betrayals, and fraud. Abuse of power and authority and a profound lack of accountability in our courts have become rampant.”
Using the Family Court System to abuse an ex only promotes more conflict. If you are of the belief that going back to court or engaging in behavior that defies a divorce court order you are engaging in legal abuse. A therapist can teach you skills needed to resolve conflict in a healthier manner, skills that will save you not only emotional stress but all the money you give a divorce attorney every time you are angry with your ex.


Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Registry records prosecutorial misconduct
Jan 12, 2014

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity’s registry comprises 201 federal cases dating back to 1997 in which prosecutorial misconduct was found by a federal trial court or appeals court. It lists the type of case and the nature of the misconduct, from withholding evidence to perjury. The registry also includes any sanctions imposed by the court.
The information is intended to educate the public and provide a research tool for attorneys.
According to the center, the Registry of Prosecutorial Misconduct was created to provide hard data that could lead to accountability by prosecutors.
“We expect many groups will use it,” said E. Everett Bartlett, Center for Prosecutor Integrity president. Among those, Bartlett included lawmakers, criminal-justice programs, forward-looking prosecutor organizations, and advocacy groups such as the Innocence Project.

On its website, the Center for Prosecutor Integrity defines itself as an organization dedicated “to preserve the presumption of innocence, assure equal treatment under the law, and end wrongful convictions.” It defines prosecutorial misconduct as “a violation of a code of professional ethics or pertinent law, or other conduct that prejudices the administration of justice, whether intentional or inadvertent.”
Bartlett expects to expand the database, and his center has calculated that there have been at least 15,000 instances of prosecutorial misconduct in the U.S. since 1970 in all state and federal courts.
Bartlett said the registry was created following several articles about the issue of prosecutor conduct, including stories in USA Today andThe Arizona Republic.
Prosecutorial integrity: Lawyer errors can mean prison for the innocent"we’re really talking about tens of thousands...
Posted by Center for Prosecutor Integrity on Friday, July 4, 2014

Center for Prosecutorial Integrity Launches “BRING A PROSECUTOR TO JUSTICE” Campaign…...
Posted by Camille Tilley on Thursday, July 31, 2014
My name is Lorraine A. Mogus and I did not seen my Mother Helen A. Mogus in the last five years of her life due to a...
Posted by Annette E. Blankenship on Saturday, December 27, 2014
Bronx Prosecutor Barred from CourtroomThe prosecutorial faux pas has raised questions about the integrity of the Bronx District Attorney’s office.See: http://nydn.us/1Bord1Q
Posted by Center for Prosecutor Integrity on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Recent Proof of Prosecutorial Misconduct Mirrors OCDA's Bad Old DaysInside the Orange County district attorney's...
Posted by Center for Prosecutor Integrity on Friday, May 8, 2015

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